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APC, PDP battle for Sokoto, Ganduje leads in Kano – Punch Newspapers

•Clashes, fraud allegations persist in Kano, Bauchi, others

•Tight race in Plateau, Adamawa; female Returning Officer shot in Benue

•APC wins House of Assembly seats in Lagos, Ekiti, Osun

John Alechenu, John Ameh, Adelani Adepegba, Success Nwogu and Adeniyi Olugbemi

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State was leading his main challenger, Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in the state.

The results of eight out of the 28 local government areas where the election took place showed that Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress had polled 6,473 votes while his opponent scored 970 votes as of 10pm.

In the March 9 poll declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the APC polled 987, 819 votes while the PDP had 1,014, 474 votes.

While the collation of votes was ongoing, a representative of the PDP raised an objection, describing the poll process as a disservice to democracy.

He asked if there were separate rules for different parties because the Returning Officer cancelled some votes based on the violence that marred voting in the areas where the results came from.

Details of results are as follows: Bichi LGA – APC: 1,969, PDP: 39; Bebeji LGA -APC: 205, PDP: 0; Rogo LGA – APC: 1,033, PDP: 162; Karaye LGA – APC: 1,317, PDP: 27; Rimin Gado LGA – APC:  1,463, PDP: 12;  LGA: Warawa- APC: 501, PDP: 152; Rano LGA – APC: 2,337, PDP: 37;

Dambatta LGA – APC: 608, PDP:24;  Takai LGA – APC: 4,221, PDP: 149; Albasu LGA – APC: 1,804, PDP: 66; Gabasawa LGA – APC: 728, PDP: 329; Minjibir LGA – APC: 2,414, PDP: 226; Wurno LGA – APC: 904, PDP: 609.

Sokoto: PDP, APC in close race

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the results of the rerun in nine local government areas in Sokoto State with the Peoples Democratic Party having a slight edge over the All Progressives Congress.

In Kware LGA, APC polled 211, PDP 186; Tureta, APC 56, PDP 238; Isa, APC  68, PDP 98; Gwadabawa, APC 187, PDP 163; Yabo, APC 110, PDP   106; and Dange Shuni, APC 652, PDP 626.

In Sokoto South LGA, APC scored 313 while PDP polled 278; Bodinga, APC 299, PDP 309; Binji, APC 517 and PDP 1,039.

In the March 9 governorship poll, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP polled 489,558 votes while his close rival, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu of the APC, scored 486, 145 votes.

In his remarks before the commencement of the result declaration, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sadiq Musa, said the outcome would be added to the previous results of the March 9 elections which were declared inconclusive.

Musa said, “The declaration will be based on simple majority. The Collation/ Returning Officer of the governorship election, Prof. Fatima Mukhtar will handle it accordingly.”

Wamakko LGA — APC: 417, PDP: 221; Rabah LGA – APC:1,411, PDP: 1,319

Benue returning officer shot

Unknown gunmen on Saturday shot and wounded the Returning Officer of Gboko Local Government Area,  Prof T. Dooshima.

An eyewitness, Mr  Issac  Utom,  told journalists in Makurdi that Dooshima, another electoral officer for the local government and the driver were in the vehicle marked  FG 273 UO1 when the attack occurred.

He said the attack came after the returning officer had declared the results of the House of Assembly election.

He said, “They shot Prof.  Dooshima, who is the returning officer for Gboko LGA. After they shot her,  we drove straight to INEC headquarters  so that we can make a statement about the incident.  She is in the hospital.”

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